fer·​vent ˈfər-vənt How to pronounce fervent (audio)
: very hot : glowing
the fervent sun
: exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling : zealous
fervent prayers
a fervent proponent
fervent patriotism
fervently adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for fervent

impassioned, passionate, ardent, fervent, fervid, perfervid mean showing intense feeling.

impassioned implies warmth and intensity without violence and suggests fluent verbal expression.

an impassioned plea for justice

passionate implies great vehemence and often violence and wasteful diffusion of emotion.

a passionate denunciation

ardent implies an intense degree of zeal, devotion, or enthusiasm.

an ardent supporter of human rights

fervent stresses sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth or zeal.

fervent good wishes

fervid suggests warmly and spontaneously and often feverishly expressed emotion.

fervid love letters

perfervid implies the expression of exaggerated or overwrought feelings.

perfervid expressions of patriotism

Examples of fervent in a Sentence

a fervent speech that called for tolerance and compassion for those who are different in the thick, fervent air of a tropical afternoon, a languor set in
Recent Examples on the Web Rumblings of their movements have sparked fervent speculation about who might seal the deal and what yet another corporate merger could mean for the future of Paramount and the consolidating entertainment industry. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 Typically, such hearings result in lots of sound bites, some fervent promises — and no new laws. Will Oremus, Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2024 Some citizens spoke in fervent support of the measure. Luis Melecio-Zambrano, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 But on the pro-Trump message board known as The Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters are not impressed. David Gilbert, WIRED, 25 Jan. 2024 Critical Role’s success has meant that there’s not just the gameplay to watch, but a massive world of rich lore expanded on through books, graphic novels, and of course the fervent community around it. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 22 Jan. 2024 The 33-year-old hails from a West London estate, and grew up as a fervent supporter of his local football team, Chelsea. Riann Phillip, Vogue, 17 Jan. 2024 Monday’s results showed that Trump retains the fervent backing of his loyalists. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 16 Jan. 2024 Gubaidulina’s setting of Hildegard’s contemplation of God contrasted the fervent assertion of Leslie Ann Leytham’s mezzo-soprano voice with the squeals and rumblings of Matthew Kline’s double bass. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin fervent-, fervens, present participle of fervēre to boil, froth — more at barm

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of fervent was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fervent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fervent. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


fer·​vent ˈfər-vənt How to pronounce fervent (audio)
: having or expressing great warmth or depth of feeling
a fervent hope
fervently adverb

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